Dani Pedrosa will ride in front of his home fans in this weekend's Grand Prix of Catalunya, with the aid of pain killing injections.
The Repsol Honda rider, who underwent knee (twice) and forearm surgery before the season had even begun, cracked his thigh bone in a near highside last time out at Mugello.
A race day accident fortunately avoided further physical damage, but the Spaniard has now dropped out of the title fight (at least temporarily) sitting 24 points behind third placed Valentino Rossi. Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner are just nine points apart.
“I'm really looking forward to my home grand prix even though the build-up has hardly been perfect. For the past week I've just been resting and that's pretty boring. But [on Tuesday] I went to see the doctor and the results of the new scan have been quite positive,” explained Pedrosa.
“They decided to give me a trial pain-killing injection so that I can judge how it will feel ahead of the weekend. And the scan really helped them pinpoint the best location for the injection so it can have the maximum effect, which was something they weren't able to do in Mugello.
“The feeling was good, so it looks like I'll have an injection before riding each day,” he confirmed. “Obviously it's still not going to be comfortable riding the bike but I'm feeling positive that we can go into the weekend and aim for the best possible result.
Pedrosa has won in all three classes at Catalunya, including a dominant victory and new lap record one year ago. That victory remains Honda's most recent MotoGP win.
“In spite of the problems, my motivation for my home race is still the same,” he said. “I've been waiting for this race for a long time and I want to get the best possible result for all the fans who will be there to support me. I hope I can give them a good weekend.”
This weekend's event will be the second of three rounds on Spanish asphalt, the first - round three at Jerez - was the only grand prix weekend so far this year not to be interrupted by rain.
Weather forecasts predict another fine weekend in Catalunya.